There are several parts of the Queen's Speech that cause me grave concern, but the return of the Snoopers' Charter is very worrying, especially the absence from the description of any principles by which it can be safeguarded; the missing "while safeguarding every citizens' privacy" is telling.
The police and security services need enough powers to keep us safe, but all the proposals to date set no realistic boundaries and leave them to make their own rules in practical reality. With no Golden Rules and no public accountability, we can expect to see an endless creep in the scope of surveillance, Internet tracking and no-recourse interventions.
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